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PRELUDE Festival 2023



Temporary Distortion

Theater, Discussion, Film, Multimedia, Music, Performance Art, Other


20 mins

5:30PM EST

Friday, October 13, 2023

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA

STANDING ON THE UNSEEN SPIRALS OF THE VORTEX embodies an intricate symphony of eras colliding. In the performance, human operators orchestrate an amalgamation of AI-generated content and analog instruments live onstage. Through the warmth of 16mm film projections, the audience witnesses AI-derived imagery of people who do not exist, engaging in acts that never happened. Under the hauntingly nostalgic hum of reel-to-reel tape players, voices that have been synthesized into existence, speak in familiar tones that are oddly reminiscent of many influential artists of the past and present.

Through an equal embrace of bleeding-edge AI technology and outdated analog equipment, the performance partakes in a dialogue between the past, the present, and the specter of our future as creative beings, reminding us that even as technology advances, certain foundational truths persist across time. As the performers navigate this complex convergence in real-time, the stage becomes a canvas where eras seamlessly collide, inviting us to consider the legacy of the past, the potential of the future, and the unchanging core of creative expression that binds them together.

STANDING ON THE UNSEEN SPIRALS OF THE VORTEX is a multidimensional experience that invites us to reflect on our own place within the ever-evolving landscape of art and technology. It is a meditation on the cyclical nature of creation, the ever-receding ephemerality of all trends, and the timeless truths that endure.

This work is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Named one of the “Best New York Theater companies” by TimeOut NY Magazine, Temporary Distortion continually work across disciplines to create performances, installations, films, albums, and works for the stage that have been shown in over 25 cities in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States. Their work occupies the gray space between the “black box” of the theatre and the “white cube” of the art gallery, where they explore the tensions and overlaps existing between the practices of theatre, cinema, music, and media art. The company has maintained its roots in the East Village as an invested stakeholder in the local arts community for over 20 years.

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